Each week we will be featuring one member for their outstanding contributions to the Figment community.
This week we’re featuring Christopher Hansen! Check out five of their stories along with their interview answers below!
What do you enjoy most about Figment and its community?
- I enjoy the great interactions and the immense fun I can have here. The writers are great people, and you can see the devotion and effort they put into their works. It really makes everything here enjoyable and gives me a great sense of the community.
What is your favorite story that you have shared on Figment and why?
- My favorite story I have shared is Excalibur. I began working on this story back in 2013, and it has been a long process. Originally it was planned to be a stand alone, one off novel, but, after finishing the first outline, I realized I could combine it with other Sci-fi universes I had made. Its story has been revised and edited around 50 times, and finally I finished the first draft in late 2015, and then worked on editing it through 2016. It is a Science Fiction-Military Thriller type story. It takes place in the 28th century, after the Earth has been devastated by warfare and combat, and humanity is reduced to living in these giant biodomes, as well as colonize other planets in the solar system.It is my favorite story, primarily because it is also part of a series which, once finished, will probably be the most in depth story I do. It is also my favorite due to just how long I have worked with these characters. The character Marek Drock (a chaplain in the book), is the oldest character I have created, to date. He was originally made as a fan fiction character for a childhood franchise I liked, and his name was inspired by André Marek, from Michael Crichton’s book Timeline. I created him when I was around 10 years old, and ever since, he has become a prominent figure in my writing. So, I have a lot of sentimental attachment to this series, and the characters in it.
Where do you find inspiration to write and keep writing?
- Mostly in actually research. I am a generally curious individual, and so I usually spend days on end just researching a specific topic. If I find it interesting enough, I usually get an urge to write about it. It also usually makes me strive for accuracy in my writing, so I usually spend a few weeks learning the mathematics behind physical laws, so as to better represent them in my writing.
What is the last book that you read?
- The last book I read was BattleTech-Betrayal of Ideals. Love that series, and the novels are generally really good.
Do you have any advice for other Figgies looking to improve their writing?
- Keep working, and keep searching for critique. It probably won’t be a lot of fun, because critique can stink, but if you listen to good critique, and do your best to learn, revise, and repeat, then it will pay off in the long run. Your writings will only improve on the input of others, as well as your constant striving to make it better.
Congratulations again and thank you for sharing your talent, inspiration and advice with us! Be sure to check out some of their work below.
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– The Figment Team